Thursday, February 10, 2011
...remembering TV (52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History)
I could go on for hours and talk about all the TV I grew up watching. I mean seriously, I am known at work as being the pop culture queen for the late 70's and 80's. If it was on TV or on the radio, I probably about it or heard about it. However there is one TV show that stands out the most for me was a relatively local show.
Growing up in Southern California, one of the most known television stations was KTLA, which was broadcast to most of Southern California. In the 70's, Sunday Mornings meant The Popeye show. The Popeye show was hosted by Tom Hatten and I LOVED THAT SHOW.
I watched it every week. What I loved most was the character of Wimpy ("I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today") and the fact that Tom would take letters from fans that contained a squiggle, a doodle of some kind and create a carton character out of it. Three hours of Popeye extolling the virtues of Spinach and saying "I yam what I yam."
KTLA had another gem that marked my childhood. Every major city has their own commercial icon. On KTLA it was "CAAAAL Worthington and his dog spot." The commercials were parodies, and the dog Spot, was never actually a dog. Most often it was tiger or an elephant, although I believe, Spot was even a seal. What was funny, (or at least it is amusing to me) was my childhood interpretation of the lyrics of the Cal Worthington jingle. The jingle was sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and you know it" and went, "If you want a car or truck, go see Cal, if you want to save a buck, go see Cal," with the "go see Cal" refrain repeated at least 15 times. With the outstanding lyric interpretation that only a 3 year old child can have, I always thought that the jingle went "If you want a car or truck, pussycow, if you want to save a buck, pussycow." What the heck a Pussycow was I have never figured out, I guess I just thought it was a nonsense word. In fact it was not until I went online a few months ago to show my kids old videos of the commercial that I realized that Pussycow was "go see Cal."
What can I say, I was three.